Inevitable Revolutions: The United States in Central America

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jan 1, 1993 - Political Science - 452 pages
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Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica are five small countries, and yet no other part of the world is more important to the US. This book explains the history of US/Central American relations, explaining why these countries have remained so overpopulated, illiterate and violent; and why US government notions of economic and military security combine to keep in place a system of Central American dependency. This second edition is updated to include new material covering the Reagan and Bush years, and the Iran/Contra affair.
  

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My introduction to revisionist history, written by one of the most brilliant professors I ever had. Read full review

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A truly eye-opening account of American foreign policy in Central America. It exposes the almost imperialistic aspect of our involvement in many different countries. Read full review

Contents

AN OVERVIEW OF THE SYSTEM
9
The Revolutions of the 1970 and 17705
15
The Irrelevant Revolution
22
The Yankees Appearance
28
Justifying Intervention
34
The United States Destroys a Court
40
Nicaragua
47
Costa Rica and the
56
The Carter Approach
208
Bases for Christ and Other
218
The System Overthrown
225
Oligarchs Fall Colonels Rise Revolution Spreads
242
Turning a Country into a Cemetery
255
Main Girder in the Bridge
261
The Turning Point
267
Reagan and the Militarization of Policy
275

Creating the New Nicaragua
66
Guatemala
76
Doublelocking the System
87
The Clash at Bogota
95
Militarizing the Good Neighbors
108
Nixon and the Wobbling of the System 195459
129
The Turn in the Cold War and the Eisenhower Response
138
UPDATINC THE SYSTEM
147
Joh nson
157
5000 Little Dictatorsand Revolutionaries
166
The Alliances Proud Model
173
The Transformation of a Banana Republic
178
Degradation of a Democracy
186
Fall of the Alliance and the Rise of Romantic
194
Using the Military to Avoid 1776
201
Domination by Force Eliminates a Lot of Ticklish
278
Novak and Reaganomics for Latin Americans
284
The Outside Threats
292
Reagan the C I A and the Origins of
300
Refitting the Aircraft Carrier
310
Hobson s Choice
319
REARRANGING THE REMAINS OF THE SYSTEM
325
General Custer in Diplomatic Drag
333
Costa Rica and the Arias Peace
339
Coming to Terms with a Rearranged System
346
Expanding the Killing Fields
353
They re Poor Here They II Be Better Off
359
NOTES
369
BIBLIOGRAPHY
413
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Walter LaFeber is professor of history at Cornell University and the author of The Clash and Inevitable Revolutions.

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